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Ruth Jones: 'I feared co-star was put off by kiss'

Ruth Jones has told how the phone went dead when she told her co-star they'd be kissing in her new comedy drama.

The actress cast Kenny Doughty as Sean, the object of her affections, in new Sky1 drama, Stella (opens in new tab).

"I phoned Kenny. Everything was fine and I was explaining the story of Stella, how they would meet and then said: 'I think Stella and Sean will finally kiss...' and the line just went dead," she said.

"I was literally like, 'Oh my God'. I rang him back and said, 'I hope the prospect of kissing me hasn't put you off the job'!"

Ruth, who co-created and starred in the award-winning comedy Gavin And Stacey with James Corden, has written the 10-part series and admitted feeling the pressure when it came to coming up with new material.

"I just have to take it on the chin if people say, 'It's not the same'. It isn't going to be. I mean, it's Welsh - and part of Gavin And Stacey was set in Wales - but that's pretty much the only similarity.

"I am expecting people to compare it. But what do you do? Do you go, 'I've done something successful so I'm not going to try anything else?' You can't," she said.

Stella is on Friday nights on Sky1.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.